Intense winds and downpours from Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Florida’s southwest coast on Wednesday, have caused “catastrophic” devastation and flooding.
Homes are destroyed and some float away as Ian’s eyewall hammers on southwest Florida. This is a video of Fort Myers Beach, Florida at Estero Blvd by Loni Architects pic.twitter.com/6GqrxLRv9Q
— Kaitlin Wright (@wxkaitlin) September 28, 2022
A video has surfaced online showing the massive destruction of homes and land caused by the hurricane. The video shows houses submerged in water and trees breaking from high winds and heavy rain in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
The video was shared Wednesday by a Charlotte, North Carolina meteorologist named Kaitlin Wright on Twitter and is credited to Loni Architects.
“Houses have been destroyed and some are floating away as Ian’s eyewall hammers in southwest Florida. This is a video from Fort Myers Beach, Florida, off Estero Blvd by Loni Architects,” she wrote while sharing the post.
Since the video was shared, the video has gained more than 1.7 million views and 13,000 likes. More than 5,500 users have re-shared the video on Twitter. Numerous users have prayed that the situation would get better in the comment section of the post.
“Most of the videos from that area are from hours ago so I wondered how bad it had gotten. I sent prayers to everyone on the path,” wrote one user.
A second user wrote: “It’s really heartbreaking.”
According to Yahoo NewsAfter Hurricane Ian made landfall and ravaged the state’s west coast with high winds and flooding Wednesday afternoon, more than 1 million homes and businesses in southwest Florida were without electricity.
Prior to the “extremely dangerous” Category Four hurricane that made landfall in Lee County, Florida, Naples saw gusty winds and a storm surge more than two meters high.
The outlet further said a warning has been issued by the National Hurricane Center that storm surges in Lee and Charlotte counties could reach heights of up to 18 feet.